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12 Questions with Tiara Moske

Posted @ 3:20 pm by Katherine Wallenta | Category: SolutionSet | 0 Comments

1. What’s your role at SolutionSet?

My title is Director of Knowledge Management and Operations, but what it means is I’m a Jill of all trades. I manage most of SolutionSet’s project management tools and internal communications. I also manage facilities with the office managers, aid in recruiting and new hire coordination, and manage employee hardware. I’ve been around for a while, so if I don’t know where something is, I know who to ask.

2. How long have you been with the company?

I started at KrushMedia in November of 2004, which then merged with SolutionSet in October of 2005.

3. Where are some places you’ve worked prior to SolutionSet?

Prior to SolutionSet, I worked for a series of startups managed by the same group of people: MentalShock, IceBurst, and KrushMedia. I got my start in the industry at USWeb back in 1998, as a front-end developer. It was there that I worked for Alex Kaplinsky and met Tim Ross and Robert Balmaseda.

4. What’s your favorite thing about your job?

The people. SolutionSet prides itself on hiring the right people for the job and they’re all a lot of fun to work with, too! Having been around as long as I have, I’ve gotten to know most of the employees. And, being part of the new hire process, I’m lucky to be familiar with the majority of the new employees as well.

5. When you’re not at the office, where are we likely to find you?

When I’m not at work, I’m doing something with my kids. I volunteer at their schools and am a Girl Scout troop leader. In whatever free time I find after that, I love reading and watching movies.

6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

At a young age, I wanted to be a stewardess (that’s what they were called way back then!) because I thought it meant my job would be to fly all over the world! After taking my first photography lesson in high school, I decided I wanted to be a photographer for Life magazine!

7. What did you study in school?

Fine art photography . . . . but without much practice, I’m pretty amateur these days.

8. How did you get your start in web?

I moved to California in 1998 and didn’t have a clue what to do. A friend suggested I learn HTML and work for the company he worked for. I picked up a book and learned the basics within a week. Alex gave me a chance as a contractor at USWeb. Within six months, I was well settled as a front-end developer. Thanks for that chance, Alex!

9. What’s something exciting you’re working on right now?

I’m learning everything I can about social media, so we can boost SolutionSet’s social presence. I also have a client with which we’ve built a very cool mobile application where you can compare costs and energy usage for new refrigerators.

10. What’s your leadership philosophy?

Lead by example, set people up for success, and learn by experience. I think you should lean on your team’s expertise to progress through a project smoothly. Listening to your team’s feedback will help minimize risks.

11. What’s one of your proudest moments at SolutionSet?

I’m most proud of the employees who have stuck around a long time. These days there are so many opportunities in this industry, it’s rare to see someone who has stayed at the same company for 10+ years. Not only does it show company loyalty, it shows dedication and pride in one’s work.

12. What would you tell someone who wants to break into the industry?

Be willing to learn new things all the time. Don’t stick to just your field; branch out and learn something outside of your normal realm of expertise. It will open a lot of doors. Be flexible and willing to go the extra mile. It will be noticed.

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